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RATINGS: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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“the ancients called it ‘food for the gods’“ The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle.
2013 vintage - 10% abv

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle: Dark pour, with some ruby translucence at the edges. The head collapses to a light brown/khaki film. Lots of grainy barley in the aroma. The chocolate is present, but it’s accompanied by both dried roasted barley flakes and a surprisingly apparent fresh hop pellet presence. The body is slightly weak for the ABV. The chocolate flavor leans toward powdered drink mix. There’s a great amount of dried, bisquity barley. The hops are surprisingly obvious, but are inconsistent, peaking through with every other sip (that’s odd) Overall it’s lacking harmony, but the long bitter, slightly resiny finish makes it drinkable. Interesting, nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Dark black pour with no head formation at first, but then suddenly a large creamy tan head sits atop the brew. The aroma is thick and strong of ooey gooey brownies and some sticky sweet fruit. The flavor is almost all chocolate. Its milky, sweet, and smooth all the way through, ending finally with a dry finish. A tiny bitter baker’s chocolate edge lasts throughout. This is absolutely wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (11092) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted malt, dark choclate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth creamy texture. Heavy complex bittersweet choclate flavor with a smooth sweet dark sweet finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle. Smells like straight fresh chocolate, that’s a good thing. Black. with small head. Creamy chocloate candy bar taste. This might be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. The taste is ALL chocolate, which got on my nerves as I finished the 22oz bottle. Sweet and chocolatey finish. No otyher beer I’ve had comes close to the chocolate taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
pitch black appearance with slight tan head. flavor is thick with huge chocolate flavor with almost a syrupy finish. a very unique beer. that might be a little much, but interesting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2007
22oz bottle. Winter 2007 release. pours dark brown with small tan head around the rim. nose is loaded with chocolate syrup. that’s pretty much it. very one-dimensional. flavor is sweet syrupy chocolate with a good dose of hop bitterness and alcohol to folloiw.carbonation is a tad fizzy and body is medium but the mouth feel is full. alcohol is well hidden. a pretty straight forward chocolate syrup stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Intense!! Pous a deep black with a creamy white head. The nose is so unique, smells just like a "chocolate brownie". Taste in very unique, milks chocolate, dark choclolate, coco, and oast. Finish is massive chocolate followed by much hops. If you have not had this.....it is a must. WOW!!! This is one of he better beers I have had (hands down) by Southern Tier.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Draft at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh. Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma is all about the chocolate, and it attacks the senses. It smells like a dark chocolate bar, coffee, and milk. Full bodied with some slight stickiness. Initial flavor of hershey’s syrup, Kaluah, and dark malts. A balancing bitterness comes out mid palate. Finish definitely has detectable vodka like alcohol, but I sort of liked it because it gave this beer a little kick- and reminded me that I needed to drink this one slowly. Overall this was enjoyable, and rather simple. I don’t always expect every Imperial Stout to be overly complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerman6686 (4709) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Wow, was totally overtaken by the beer. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet and bitter chocolate. Flavor of the same with no alcohol coming through at all. Absolutely outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Poured black with a small creamy dark tan head. The aroma is so chocolatey. The most I have had in a beer for sure. Like a thick cup of melted milk chocolate. The flavor had both milk and dark chocolate notes. A mild to moderate bitterness on the finish that might be from the alcohol. Good warmth in the chest. Medium to full body.

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